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1800 10C Double Struck MS63 PCGS. CAC....

2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114

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Baltimore, MD

Double Struck 1800 JR-2 Dime, MS63
1800 10C Double Struck MS63 PCGS. CAC. JR-2, R.5. The strike is weak at the center, along the right obverse, and along the right reverse. Most other design elements are sharp and clear. The surfaces have frosty silver and light gray luster with few insignificant blemishes. The reverse is a bit brighter than the obverse. This dime is double struck, a remarkable and extraordinary piece that exhibits doubling along the left obverse border and on the reverse clouds.

Die State.
Perfect dies other than scattered rust pits on each side.

Condition Census.
In addition to its importance as a double struck 1800 dime, the present piece ranks among the top several examples of the variety known. The dime book authors suggest that about five Mint State examples exist, including a superb MS67 coin from the Bareford Collection that was later NGC-certified MS65.

Plated in the 1995 Numisma catalog.

Obverse Die.
The date is wide with the 1 far from the curl, and the final 0 nearly joined to the drapery. Star 1 is smaller than the other stars, and is distant from the hair curls. Stars 7 and 13 are equally close to L and the drapery, and star 8 is quite close to the Y. LIBERTY is widely spaced with LI slightly closer than other letters, and TY slighter farther than other letters. B is slightly high.
State a. Perfect die, may not exist. State b. Extensive die rust is visible, including above Liberty's shoulder.

Reverse Die.
Star 12 is solidly joined to the eagle's beak, diagnostic. AME are joined with all other letters separated. Stars 1 through 4 and star 6 all touch the clouds; star 5 just misses. A leaf tip touches the right base of I, and another is below the space between C and A. The outer arrow tip is below the right curve of U.
State a. Perfect die with a spine up to the right from the right corner of the shield.

Heritage Commentary.
The common obverse die of 1800 JR-1 and JR-2 dimes remains in about the same overall condition during production of both varieties. Some obverse rust pits become heavier on JR-2, confirming the emission sequence.

In addition to the evidence of a wide double strike, minor doubling is evident on the right wing tips, the word OF, and the tail feathers, all the result of machine doubling that is commonly given the term "double profile" since it is usually the profile that shows such doubling.

Consignor Commentary.
For a collector interested in errors, this coin is a delight. I was surprised it did not cause more interest at the Bolen sale. The multiple strike was visible in the catalog plate--the dentils in cloud 6 were obvious. Even a cursory examination of the coin shows lots of interesting detail on both the obverse and reverse. I had never seen a Draped Bust dime "error" coin in Mint State--all the errors I was aware of then (and now) were below Fine. After the sale, I discussed it with a few of the dealers at the auction--they hadn't noticed the error.

Numisma '95 (RARCOA and Akers, 11/1995), lot 2013.
From The Ed Price Collection.
(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 236H, PCGS# 4470)

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